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Published On: Thu, Oct 25th, 2012

Nikon Coolpix S6300 Review – Good point and shoot camera

When Nikon came out with S6200 (the predecessor of S6300), it was one of least expensive and smallest 10x zooming cameras available in the market. The camera was good but there wasn’t anything exceptional about it. In S6300, the manufacturer has kept the lens and body of S6200 but CCD sensor is swapped for back side illuminated CMOS sensor. Due to this change, there are some new options of shooting added in like slow motion and full HD movie capturing along with burst high speed shooting about six fps at 16 megapixels full resolution. The photo quality in low light conditions isn’t improved and hence I was disappointed about it.

It is more disappointing to see that all the other manufacturers too have similar camera in their line up and hence Nikon Coolpix S6300 review says that this camera now has a plenty of competition. I would recommend you to take a look at the S6300 over other models that are priced similarly having CCD sensors. The camera is lightweight and really small and hence you can easily carry it in jacket pocket.

Nikon Coolpix S6300 Red

Picture Quality

Nikon Coolpix S6300 has picture quality that is better than other cameras in this price range. This camera will give you good eight by ten prints. Images taken at full size don’t really look good and hence 16 mp resolution isn’t the best reason to buy this gadget. Sensitivity settings on board range from ISO 125 to 3200 and for best results, I would recommend you to take pictures at ISO 400 with a lot of light in the ambience.

Irrespective of the sensitivity that you are using, the Nikon Coolpix S6300 photos look a bit soft and they also benefit from the sharpening using the software of photo editing. There is option of Fixed Range Auto which limits to ISO 125 or ISO 125-400. I would recommend using the latter outdoors and former indoors wherever possible. The highest settings of ISO 3200 and 1600 are meant to be used in emergencies only and it will make the subjects look smeary. The colors are really bad in ISO 3200 and hence I won’t recommend you to use.

Quality of video is as good as smartphone or basic HD pocket video camera and it is good for viewing on TV or Web use. You can use zoom while recording and it moves quite fast. However, focusing isn’t fast when you are zooming.

Nikon Coolpix S6300 Camera Nikon Coolpix S6300 Picture Quality

Shooting Performance

Change to CMOS from CCD sensor on the Nikon Coolpix S6300 has made a lot of difference to the performance of this camera. You should know that this camera is essentially the same one as S6200 and the predecessor was a bit pokey. The S6300 isn’t really fast, it takes about 2.9 seconds on an average to start for first shot from sleep and performance in other areas is respectable. The shutter lag which means that time taken for the camera to go from off to the first shot without any pre-focusing in conditions of bright light is 0.3 second and in low light condition it goes up to 0.9 second. The shot to shot times were one and half second without the flash and 2.3 seconds along with the flash. The autofocus system of this camera is temperamental and would not be in focus always when camera said that it was. This happened a lot when lens was extended. You can avoid this by pre-focusing through half press of shutter release but if you don’t like to do that, then this camera isn’t meant for you.

Nikon Coolpix S6300 shoots bursts at up to six fps for up to 7 frames and at the highest quality setting; it drops to about 5.3 fps. Once the shutter is released, you will need to wait for few seconds for this camera to process then store the pics and you will only be able to shoot after that.

Nikon Coolpix S6300 Colors

Price

Nikon Coolpix S6300 price is $145 and it is good value for money considering the resolution, screen size and features but there isn’t anything spectacular. In spite of lower resolution, menu and settings text is sharp and very easy for reading. This camera is relatively easy to operate just like other models. There is PDF manual included on a CD which you can read but you will be able to shoot straight out of the box without going through it.

Nikon Coolpix S6300 Specs

Battery

Nikon Coolpix S6300 has short battery life. It is rated for 230 shots by the manufacturer but in my tests, the battery dried up sooner. This is because if you do anything other than taking the automatic shots, then the battery will go down faster. You can charge it through the USB cable and you will need to charge three hours for filling up the battery fully. The SD card and battery compartment opened up accidentally while shooting and it also slide up incorrectly.

Nikon Coolpix S6300 Review

A basic point and shoot camera

Nikon Coolpix S6300 is meant for people who don’t have much interest in aperture and shutter speed. This camera has two auto modes. One of them is Auto Selector of Nikon and it is located inside Scene modes. It will adjust the settings based on 6 common types of scene. If scene does not match any of those then it will default you to Auto general use. There is also standard Auto mode and it is essentially Program mode that you would find on the other cameras. It handles the aperture settings and shutter speed and you can also use it for adjusting stuff like white balance and ISO along with the film colors like Cyanotype, Sepia, and Vivid.

Nikon Coolpix S6300 Display

Modes

Apart from Scene Auto Selector, this camera has 19 more scene modes like Portrait and Landscape and also modes to correct the backlit subjects, hand held night shots, and easy panorama pics. Mode of Special Effects will give you creative options like Selective Color and High contrast Monochrome. Playback menu comes with a lot of other filters for effects which can be applied post shooting. Some of them are fish eye, soft focus, etc.

Conclusion

This camera is certainly improved a lot as compared to its predecessor. The sensor change with BSI CMOS alone is good enough for recommending this camera over the other CCD sensor based products. The camera is user friendly as well and hence if you are looking for an inexpensive option, then this one is good enough. However, if you are looking for better quality in the same price range then there is Panasonic Lumix SZ7 and Sony Cyber-shot WX150. The latter is slightly more expensive but well worth the extra buck.

Nikon Coolpix S6300 Specs

Specs

  • 3.7×2.3×1 inches (WxHxD) dimensions
  • $229.95
  • 5.7 ounces weight (with media and battery)
  • 16 megapixels
  • 1/2.3-inch BSI CMOS sensor
  • 2.7-inches LCD, 230k dots resolution
  • 10x lens, f3.2-5.8aperture, 25-250mm (35mm equivalent) focal length
  •  JPEG still format, H.264 AAC (.MOV) video format
  • 4,608×3,456 pixels highest still resolution size
  • 1,920×1,080 at 30fps highest video resolution size
  • Digital and optical image stabilization type
  • Lithium ion rechargeable battery, 230 shots rated life
  • Battery charged in camera
  • Wall adapter included
  • Storage media SDHC/SD/SDXC
  • Bundled software suite for Coolpix (Mac/Windows)

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